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Preparing the Pet Sitter

Tuesday, January 31, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

PETSITTERAre planning a trip soon? You know that you are placing a lot of responsibility in the hands of your pet sitter. You’re trusting this person to care for your precious pet while you’re gone. You should help the sitter out by preparing your home properly. Start by doing an inspection of your home. Make sure that cleaning supplies and other materials that may be toxic to your pet are locked up. Put poisonous plants out of reach. Lock outdoor gates and turn on any outside lights. In addition to leaving detailed contact information and detailed feeding and exercise instructions, make sure that you tell you pet sitter about any unusual circumstances like a door that doesn’t shut or a sink that doesn’t drain. Make sure you tell the sitter where your pet supplies like pet food, dog leashes, dog water bowls and pet medication are kept. These small preparations will ensure the well being of your pet and will help ease your mind while you’re away.

Remember, your pets count!

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The Right Age To Adopt a Puppy

Monday, January 30, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

youngpuppiesThe best time to adopt a puppy is when they are between eight and sixteen  weeks old. It’s a great time to introduce him to new places and people. If you have small children, I would wait until the puppy is five months old. You may ask why not adopt sooner? When a puppy is part of a litter, he learns all sorts of valuable lessons. This is the time to learn important life skills from his mother, such as eating and grooming. It’s important that he spends this time with his mother. Being with other pups will help him learn how to socialize. If he’s taken from his mother too soon, he may not thrive or socialize well with people or other dogs. Also, the first month he will be on a milk-only diet. At 3 to 4 weeks, he starts to be weaned from his mother and by 8 weeks he will be completely weaned, eating just puppy food. You don’t want a young, un -weaned puppy as he’s harder to feed and care for.

Remember, pets are family!

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Become a Pet Volunteer

Sunday, January 29, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

VOLUNTEERYou are always giving love and affection to your pets but you still have more to give. How can you help dogs and cats in need? You can start at your local animal shelter. Many times they really need volunteers to walk dogs and pet and play with cats or even to provide foster care to some kittens or puppies until they are old enough to be adopted. There are rescue organizations for almost every breed of dog and for cats too. Animal sanctuaries need volunteers to help with care and feeding. After a natural disaster, like the earthquake in Haiti, or Hurricane Sandy, many pets may need foster homes and a warm dog or cat bed until they can be adopted. This is very vital at this time of need. To find a place to volunteer in your area, check the yellow pages or search online under animal shelter or animal rescue. You help is greatly needed.

Remember, pets are family.

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Searching for a Good Vet

Friday, January 27, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

vetpetA veterinarian is your pets second best friend. Remember, the worst time to look for a vet is when you really need one. A veterinarian should also have good people skills. Usually a veterinarian works with a team of professionals so you would want to evaluate the teams competence and caring. You also must make sure that their fees are within your budget. The best way to find a good veterinarian is by starting with a recommendation from a friend, neighbor, groomer or animal shelter worker. Check the yellow pages under “veterinarians” or “Animal Hospitals,” you may be able to find important information about the hours, services and staff. Some veterinarian hospitals are members of the American Animal Hospital Association which signifies that the hospital has pursued and met the AAHA’s standards in areas such as quality care, facilities and equipment. Before choosing a vet, ask yourself these important questions:

1. Is the facility clean and comfortable?

2. Are there technicians and other staff members on hand?

3. How many veterinarians are in the practice?

4. Are appointments required?

5. Do they provided emergency round the clock service?

6. Is the staff caring, calm, competent and courteous?

7. Do they communicate effectively?

8. Do the veterinarians have special interests such as geriatrics?

9. Are X Rays, endoscopy, ultrasound and other tests done in house?

Choose a vet early on in your pets life. Make sure you are comfortable that you’ve made the right decision.

Remember, pets are family!

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Why are Cats Fascinated with Boxes?

Thursday, January 26, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

catboxWhy are cats so fascinated with boxes?  I always let my cats explore empty boxes before throwing them away. They have all kinds of cat toys and many cat beds everywhere but why the urge to explore an empty box? Curling up inside a small enclose space makes your kitty feel safe. This could be in the comfortable cat bed that you bought for him or inside an empty box. Cat like to watch their environment and yet be invisible. This is how they hide from predators. In the wild, you could walk right past a leopard and not even know he was there. Cats and kittens do the same thing. They hide in boxes or under beds and spring into action when they are unnoticed. A cardboard box is a place where he feels safe and could be sneaky. So when you purchase a new product, let kitty explore that empty box even it’s only for a little while.

Remember, pets are family!

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The Best Kitty Litter

Wednesday, January 25, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

I’ve used so many different types of kitty litter over the years. Most begin to smell after awhile, the litter pan gets dirty very fast and sometimes my cats didn’t even like to use it. I’ve also tried the clumping litter which was still not satisfactory to me. After my cats would urinate several times, the litter got so hard and began to smell. Several years ago, I started using a brand called The World’s Best Litter. The best thing about this litter is that you are able to scoop out both the poop and urine and immediately flush it down the toilet. This keeps the litter clean. There is no smell at all. Another great thing is that it lasts longer. By scooping and flushing everyday, you don’t have to change it as frequently.

It is more expensive but well worth it!
Remember, pets are family!

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Cat Bonding with Licks

Tuesday, January 24, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

KITTYKISSESMany cats enjoy licking their owners hands and faces. Are they giving you kisses or are they “buttering” you up to stay on the good side of their main food source? Cats are mutual groomers. It’s their nature to groom other animals and that includes people. When your cat licks you, he is bonding with you. This is seen in many social animals. This reduces the stress levels in both you and your cat. Your cat may lick you for similar reasons. It’s his way of relaxing, bonding with you showing affection and claiming you for his own. Maybe he enjoys the taste of the salt on your skin or maybe your cat believes that you aren’t as clean as he is. After all we don’t wash ourselves every hour throughout the day like they do.

Remember,pets are family!

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Beautiful Persian Cats

Sunday, January 22, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

persian2persianAccording to the Cat Fanciers Association, the Persian is the most popular pedigreed cat breed in the United States. It could be it’s long, beautiful coat that makes everyone love it or maybe it the Persian’s playful personality. Toys that he case chase will keep hi occupied. They also love cat toys containing cat nip. It’s also quite and easy going and most Persians readily adapt to new households and accept other pets. This makes the breed relatively easy to care for.  Persians do require extra grooming. Their large eyes are prone to tearing and infection so a Persians eyes and face should be kept clean. The breeds long fur can also become matted so they should be brushed daily. Persians are a pleasure to own and all the extra care is worth it!

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Dog Food is a No No for Cats

Friday, January 20, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT DOG EATYou just ran out of cat food and can’t get to the store today. You may wonder if you could sneak some dog food to your cat. Absolutely not! Dogs and cats have distinctly different dietary needs.Dog chow lacks nutrients that cats need such as Taurine. This amino acid is necessary for the health of your cat’s eyes, digesting fats, and for keeping heart muscles healthy.Cats are carnivores and dogs are omnivores. This means cats need more meat protein than dogs need. A few nibbles from the dogs dish won’t do any harm but make sure that your cats main meal is high quality cat food not dog chow.

Remember, your pets are family!

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Dogs That are Low Maintenance

Wednesday, January 18, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

cute-beagleIf you have a busy schedule and you are thinking about getting a dog, you may want to choose a breed that likes to lie around, like a couch potato. You may also want to choose a dog that’s low maintenance when it comes to grooming.  For example, a small, short haired dog such as a Chihuahua will not need as much grooming as a long haired Golden Retriever.  Boxers and Beagles are also easier to groom. Their short hair is not prone to mats and you could easily remove ticks if you need to.  Always remember, no matter what breed you choose, your dog will still need lots of attention.  He may not shed as much as a Sheep dog or run as much as a Collie, but he will still need regular walks, exercise and grooming sessions. So when thinking about a dog, don’t forget about that dog leash and frisbee just yet. If your schedule requires that you work long hours or have to travel frequently, consider a cat instead. It’s just not fair for the dog.

Remember, pets are family.

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